Donald Trump has a warning for ISIS.
If elected as the next President of the United States, Trump says he would gladly “bring back waterboarding” to squeeze intelligence out of terrorists.
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Trump pointed to ISIS’ gruesome beheading of journalist James Foley last year to justify the return of what former President George W. Bush’s administration referred to as “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
“I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they do to us,” Trump told host George Stephanopoulos.
“What they’re doing to us, what they did to James Foley when they chopped off his head, that’s a whole different level and I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation,” he added.
This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has talked about bringing back “enhanced interrogation techniques. During his summer campaigning cycle Trump said waterboarding “doesn’t sound very severe” compared to ISIS beheadings.
Waterboarding has been banned since 2009, when then-Attorney General Eric Holder called it “torture.”
“Waterboarding is torture. My Justice Department will not justify it, will not rationalize it and will not condone it,” Holder said.
In 2014 the Senate Intelligence Report found that waterboarding was largely ineffective, although the CIA still maintains that it works in some cases.